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  • I wanted to relive the nostalgia of the era and get into the groove of the hot 70's soundtrack, suffice to say, I wasn't disappointed,I had a funky good time watching 'Roll Bounce'
  • Paulk), Naps(Rick Gonzalez)and Mixed Mike(Khleo Thomas), then there's the lone female of the group, the awkward and tinsel teeth Tori(Jurnee Smollett, Eve's Bayou) who gets teased by the boys but proves she can stand up to the best of them with her own rapid fire snaps
  • Through much laughter, tears, amazing skating sequences and boogie in your seat music, things work out just fine for X, his friends and his family
  • If you don't have a problem with roller skating and you dig the 70's, take a trip down memory lane and go see 'Roll Bounce'

    • by Sharon G
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      I was really excited about seeing ‘Roll Bounce’ since I was a young teen in 1978 when the movie takes place. I wanted to relive the nostalgia of the era and get into the groove of the hot 70’s soundtrack, suffice to say, I wasn’t disappointed,I had a funky good time watching ‘Roll Bounce’!

      The movie focuses on the roller disco fad of the late 70’s and five teenage boys including one girl who spend much of their free time roller skating.

      Xavier( rapper Bow wow in a convincing role)or ‘X’ as he’s referred to by his friends, is one of the skaters along with his clownish, yo’ mama joke spewing buddies; Junior( Brandon T.

      Jackson),Boo(Marcus T.

      Paulk), Naps(Rick Gonzalez)and Mixed Mike(Khleo Thomas), then there’s the lone female of the


      group, the awkward and tinsel teeth Tori(Jurnee Smollett, Eve’s Bayou) who gets teased by the boys but proves she can stand up to the best of them with her own rapid fire snaps.

      The boys normally roller skate at ‘The Palisades Gardens’ in their Chicago Southside neighborhood, that is until their beloved rink closes down and they are forced to do their skating at a glitzy, neon paradise called ‘Sweetwater Roller Rink’ on Chicago’s Northside.

      There the music is foreign to them(The Bee Gee’s “how Deep Is Your Love” is played and one of the boys thinks that the Bee Gees is a Venereal Disease)and the girls are hot! They encounter a crew of dweebish, glittery spandex wearing skaters led by a sneering ultra-cool skating God named Sweetness, who makes ...


      • his entrance at the rink with his own theme song and pretty, expressionless girls by his sides.

        Ultimately, X and his homeboys have to battle Sweetness and his minions at Sweetwater’s Skate off, in the interim, X is dealing with his own battle on the homefront.

        X’s mother has recently died and he has to learn to adjust to life with an emotionally distant though hard working father named Curtis (Chi Mcbride, Boston Public)and a pestering yet adorable little sister.

        X’s father is a struggling widower who has lost a good paying, high profile job and must lower his standards and except a job as a janitor in order to take care of his family, he’s also finding it difficult to connect with his son and he’s lonely.

        Love for

        him eventually comes in the form of a sexy, at first cantankerous, neighbor named Vivian(Kellita Smith, Bernie Mac Show)that turns out to be the mother of Jurnee Smollett’s character.

        Love also comes X’s way when he has a subtle, teenage fling with a former acquaintance named Naomi(Meagan Good).

        Through much laughter, tears, amazing skating sequences and boogie in your seat music, things work out just fine for X, his friends and his family.

        ’Roll Bounce’ is a family friendly, purely enjoyable film with plently of accurate references(well, maybe a couple of the tunes were of the wrong year but so what)and bittersweet moments for the slightly older generation.

        If you don’t have a problem with roller skating and you dig the 70’s, take a trip down memory lane and go see ‘Roll Bounce’!




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